Alyson Annan took one last look over her potential World Cup squad at the recent Four Nations in Breda, the Netherlands as she prepared to name the final 18 who will travel to London for the Vitality Women’s World Cup later this month.
“In the Netherlands we have a luxury problem,” says Annan. “There is a lot of talent and experience in the group that I had at my disposal in the past year.”
Most of the attention turned to two big-name players, one included and one left out. The double Olympic champion Eva de Goede returns to the team as her Amsterdam teammate Maria Verschoor could only make the reserves.
“We quickly agreed as a staff on the choice for these eighteen players. Of course it is annoying that I had to disappoint players, but this is a professional group. The choices we have made now fit in with the line of the past period. ” Annan said.
Having played in every game of the recent Four Nations, featuring Japan, China and Spain, and scoring two goals, Verschoor will undoubtedly be disappointed to miss out on the chance to defend the World Cup title they won in The Hague in 2014.
Meanwhile, Eva de Goede returns to the world stage after a successful season with Amsterdam, having fought her way back into contention after taking a year away from hockey.
Next up, the Dutch will travel to Germany to compete in another Four Nations warm-up against Germany, Argentina and New Zealand.
Netherlands World Cup Squad in full
Ireen van den Assem, Margot van Geffen, Marloes Keetels, Josine King, Frédérique Matla, Pien Sanders, Lidewij Welten (Den Bosch), Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel, Caia van Maasakker, Xan de Waard (SCHC), Eva de Goede, Kelly Jonker, Kitty of Male, Lauren Stam, Anne Veenendaal (Amsterdam), Laurien Leurink (Laren), Laura Nunnink (Oranje Rood) and Malou Pheninckx (Kampong).